Despite a challenging academic year as a consequence of the pandemic the College once again provided students with a high-quality learning experience. The College has continued provide learning opportunities for more students than in previous years and continues to exceed Scottish Government targets.
Challenges posed by the pandemic are demonstrated with dips in the College’s FE FT attainment. However, FE and HE PT attainment rates have increased slightly by 1.7% and 0.8% respectively. HE FT has dipped only very slightly by 0.1%.
The College is pleased to report that in line with previous years the College’s data set for all modes of delivery is above national rates except for FE FT courses. In addition, while the College’s withdrawal rates have increased, these are also below national rates.
Furthermore, the College’s academic year 2020-21 HE FT and HE PT attainment is 2.6% and 2.7% higher respectively than in academic year 2018-19, which was prior to the pandemic. More detailed information regarding the SFC published data can be found here.
More learners across the following PT courses have completed successfully in comparison to last year.
Care learners (590) on FE PT courses lasting 160 hours or more demonstrated good attainment rates of 75.4%, an increase of 1.5% in comparison to academic year 2019-20, whereas Construction (974 learners) attainment on the same FE PT courses decreased by 6.9% to 70.1%.
Construction learners on HE PT courses lasting 160 hours or more continued to be the top performing group in the College with attainment rates of 88.8% for 206 learners an increase on last year of 3%. This was closely followed by learners on courses in the subject groups of Social Subjects and Care, which had attainment rates of 84.3% and 83.1%, as well as increases of 6.9% and 3.6% respectively in comparison to academic year 2019-20.
Success for learners on HE PT course of 320 hours and up to FT has significantly increased by 15%, and there has been a very slight dip of 1% for learners on courses of 160 up to 320 hours.
On both FE and HE courses lasting more than 160 hours male and female learners achieve broadly in line with each other. This is an improvement on last year where there was a 6% gap in attainment on FE courses between males and females, with the former achieving higher than the latter. Much remedial work took place last year to support learners to achieve to the best of their abilities.
Despite the extensive additional support provided by teams there were decreases in attainment for groups of learners facing the greatest barriers to learning, these include:
The College is pleased to have these learners back on campus from August 2022 which will provide them with additional support in completing their courses.
There were 199 learners from ethnic minority backgrounds, an increase of 60 in comparison to 2019-20, at the College, who achieved 0.7% higher than last year with attainment rates of 74.4%.